Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075
Source: bought it new
- Relatively light and sturdy
- Basket broke during first use, small grips
My experience with trekking poles is relatively limited as I've only had three pairs and none have been top of the line. With some things, like backpacks, I do believe that you tend to get what you pay for. But I'm not sure if I'll be spending $100+ on trekking poles unless it comes with a motor that propels me down the trail faster. So when I ran across the Pyrites for a ridiculously low price, especially when compared to other anti-shock poles, I pulled the trigger.
These poles are relatively lightweight and appear to be decently constructed. The anti-shock works well and the adjustments are quick and easy and haven't slipped so far. Cool color too.
That said, on my first trip out with them in some hard packed snow one of the baskets snapped in two. No bueno. Also, the grip seems to be way too small for a man's hand. While I have big hands I would say these would only fit a man with small hands or a woman. I actually thought I may have been sent women's poles by mistake but that wasn't the case. Now perhaps it is just my lack of experience and most poles have small grips but that wasn't my personal case with my two previous sets. Also, when wearing low-profile gloves I found my bottom finger slipping below the grip. Just not enough room.
Unfortunately, these will end up going to a female hiking buddy who will hopefully get a lot of use from them.
Source: received it as a personal gift
This is a great pair of trekking poles. Use them until they can't go another step, probably in 15 years.
- light weight
- baskets twist off easily
I got these pole when I was just getting into backpacking and during that time I had had knee surgery (ACL and Muniscus). The next summer I went on a 78-miler and the poles were awesome.
They provided the support I needed with the big loads of my backpack and I trust them. They are comfortable and fun to use and they make great poles. and I don't go on a trip without them.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40
Okay for the price.
- Easy to grip
- Baskets fell off
- Locking mechanism flawed
- Not easy to measure length
The poles worked okay for the price. The grips were fairly comfortable if without considerable cushion. The rubber sticks well to your hand, but after a few days of usage there is risk of a blister. T
he poles lock with minimum slippage but to say "quick lock" is an exaggeration. The measurements are confusing so it takes time to ensure equal length on the poles and the system is not easy to lock and unlock so it takes time to go between distances for ascents and descents.
The baskets fell off on mine on day three exposing the sharpened end which would be great for ice, not for mud. The good news is the caked on mud acted like a basket, but this was disappointing. The baskets gripped well while they were on, but mostly dissapointed at how easy the fell off without my knowledge.
The poles were durable and if they sold baskets that would stay on I might use again, but I think I would be better off buying some Lekis.
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The pyrite trekking poles are expedition worthy poles made with durable 7075 aluminum These rugged poles come equipped with comfortable dual-density rubber grips, anti-shock absorption system, removable baskets, rubber boot tips as wellas carbide tips, as well as carbide tips that provide exceptional traction
The Pyrite trekking poles are expedition worthy poles made with durable 7075 aluminum. Weight: 750g/pair Rubber boot tips Carbide tips Easily removable narrow profile baskets Dual-density rubber molded grips Quick-twist locking mechanism Anti-shock absorption system Webbing wrist straps Three section 7075 Aluminum poles Item Specifications Length 137cm
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Free Shipping. Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075 Trekking Poles - Pair DECENT FEATURES of the Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075 Trekking Poles - Pair Thermo Molded Grips, Available On Various Models In Cork Or TPU Available with Two Or Three Section Telescoping Poles (Model Dependent) Twist-Lock Double Cam Adjustment and Spring Loaded Anti-Shock System with Twist Lock-Out Feature On Select Models Three telescoping sections Spring loaded anti-shock system with twist lock-out feature Twist-lock Double Cam adjustment Removable hiking baskets with locking pin Rubber boot tips Molded TPU handle Adjustable webbing wrist strap Snow basket compatible The SPECS of the Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075 Trekking Poles - Pair Dimension: 26in.(COMP) - 54in.(EXT) Carbide tips Weight: 1 lb 8 oz / 0.68 kg 7075 aluminum Max Load: Up to 160 lbs
You have a week in Alberta to hike to your heart's content in the Canadian Rockies. Lucky you; maybe not so lucky for your feet. Give them a break with the Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075 Trekking Pole, all the while helping yourself balance over whatever terrain the national parks throw at you. The aircraft grade 7075 aluminum is sturdy enough for big expeditions, but it comes in a lightweight, ergonomic package. The Pyrite boasts a molded TPU handle for comfort and extra grip, while the rubber boot tips grip the ground, rocks, scree, or river bottoms. You'll be propelling yourself with your arms, but they won't be taking a beating because of the spring loaded anti-shock system. Once you arrive at camp or back to your car, you can shrink the three-section pole to save space. By the way, send us a postcard.